History and international education are a priority in all grade levels at Pacific American School. The Social Studies department offers a range of courses for the middle school and high school including numerous Advanced Placement classes which culminate at the end of the year with the college board exams.
Advanced Placement courses include, United States History, European History, Comparative Government, Psychology and Art History. The non-AP high school classes offered include US History, Ancient to Medieval World History, International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, and Geography. High school students also have various elective courses available, offering a diverse historical education in courses such as Film in American Life, Modern History in China, and Art History. The faculty of the department hope to keep adding innovative and interesting electives each year.
The middle school and elementary grades receive a diverse survey of history, culture and geography. Students have excelled in the annual Geography bee as well as creating interesting displays and maps to display in the school. Students in the Psychology courses are also involved in the annual science fair, where the social studies department works across the curriculum with the science department.
The department and administration put a large emphasis on the Model United Nations program. PAS students have had numerous experiences at conferences in international cities such as New York, St. Petersburg, Beijing, and Singapore.